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Zimbabwe opposition figure charged after forced return

UN accuses Zambia of violating international law after MDCs Tendai Biti is denied asylum A senior Zimbabwean opposition politician who was refused asylum in neighbouring Zambia and forcibly returned to his own country has been charged over his alleged role in last weeks post-election protests. We will keep on fighting, Tendai Biti told reporters, before being granted bail of $5,000 (3,885) and told to surrender his passport. The UN said it was gravely concerned that Biti, a former finance minister and senior figure in the Movement for Democratic Change, was…

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Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike

Red Cross says strike hit bus at market in Dahyan in rebel-held north of country Dozens of civilians, mostly children, have been killed and more wounded in an airstrike by the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that hit a bus in the rebel-held north of the country. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the few humanitarian institutions helping civilians on the ground in the war-torn country, said a hospital supported by the organisation had received dozens of casualties after the attack at a market in Dahyanin…

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Russia blasts new US sanctions as ‘theatre of the absurd’

Officials vow countermeasures and markets slump after tough measures unveiled over Salisbury attack Russian officials reacted with outrage and markets slumped on Thursday morning following tweeted Dmitry Polyanskiy, first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN. No proofs, no clues, no logic, no presumption of innocence, just highly-likelies. Only one rule: blame everything on Russia, no matter how absurd and fake it is. Let us welcome the United Sanctions of America! One senior Russian MP called the US a police state. A member of the Dumas foreign affairs committee,…

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Kathleen Turner: Donald Trump has a ‘gross’ handshake

Actor sheds light on US presidents infamous greeting, and says she was a sexual target in Hollywood The veteran actor Kathleen Turner has revealed details about Donald Trumps gross handshake technique in an interview in which she also criticised the sexism in Hollywood that made her a sexual target at the beginning of her career. greeted her. He goes to shake your hand and, with his index finger, kind of rubs the inside of your wrist, she said. Hes trying to do some kind of seductive intimacy move. You pull…

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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their views, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of contempt of court was allowed to present himself as a legal expert. His link to the far-right Breitbart website was not mentioned. His claim that there was nothing far-right about us was not challenged, despite his sympathy for Donald Trump from…

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‘Disgusting news’: Donald Trump whips up crowd anger as he vilifies media

President was campaigning for Senate candidate but continued his increasingly alarming verbal vendetta Donald Trump ramped up his attack on the media on Thursday night, criticizing the press as fake, fake, disgusting news and describing journalists in attendance as horrible, horrendous people, despite finally his meeting with the Queen in July. Trumps most intense criticisms came during an anecdote about the latter. Trump said he and the Queen got along fantastically well and enjoyed good chemistry, but told the thousands-strong crowd that the fake news had instead reported that he…

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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Trump lawyer Giuliani: ‘scumbag’ Cohen is a traitor like Iago and Brutus

Ex-New York mayor gives rambling 32-minute CNN interview but wont say what very nasty relationship Mueller had with Trump Donald Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani has angrily compared Michael Cohen, the presidents former long-time lawyer, to famous traitors Benedict Arnold, Brutus and Iago. Youve got a really bad guy here, said Giuliani, during a 32-minute long, rambling interview on CNN on Monday. Cohen, whose premises and home were raided by the FBI in April on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller concerning possible campaign finance law violations, has not been…

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Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China

British foreign secretary refers to his Chinese wife as Japanese during debut visit to Beijing Jeremy Hunt, Britains new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as Japanese. China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japans bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s. Hunt, who was on his first…

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Recognition at last for Gentleman Jack, Britains first modern lesbian

Anne Lister has been honoured in the church where she wed, and her tales of passionate affairs are now the subject of a TV drama She was a 19th-century pioneer in many fields: business, travel, mountaineering. But 178 years after her death, Anne Lister is best known for her string of female lovers, with their erotic encounters explicitly chronicled in a coded diary stretching to 27 volumes. Last week, the woman often referred to as the first modern lesbian was honoured with a blue plaque at Holy Trinity church in…

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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections

Former cricketer strikes unifying tone after campaign marred by violence and vote that opponents say was rigged The former international cricket star Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistans general election, hailing what he described as the fairest vote in the countrys history, despite widespread allegations it was rigged in favour of his Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. In a televised address to the nation from his house in Bani Gala, a wealthy suburb of Islamabad, Khan struck a unifying tone, pledging to rise above personal attacks and lift up the poor.…

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Iran dismisses Trump’s late-night Twitter rant despite market jitters

Tehran officials careful to avoid kneejerk reaction to threats as rial hits all-time low Iran has dismissed July 23, 2018 Iranian officials were dismissive of Trumps tweet, which called on Rouhani to never, ever threaten the United States and be cautious, but the US presidents remarks provoked jitters in the Iranian market. The Iranian national currency was sent into a tailspin when trading opened on Monday, exacerbating months-old fluctuations that have prompted protests in Tehrans Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which is bent on regime change and has no visible support inside the…

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Trump claims Cohen tape may be illegal and insists he did nothing wrong

President claims tape containing discussion of payment to Playboy model perhaps illegal but New York state law allows recording of conversations The good news, Donald Trump reports his former lawyer Michael Cohen taped a conversation in which he and the then presidential candidate discussed a potential payment to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, who claims to have had an affair with Trump. Trump also questioned the legality of both the raids and the tape, first by the New York Times, the tape was made shortly before the 2016 election…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s remarks on Holocaust denial ‘irresponsible’

Facebook founder had suggested site did not need to remove unintentional denial Mark Zuckerberg has been criticised by Jewish groups and anti-racism organisations for suggesting Holocaust denial should be allowed on Facebook because it could be unintentional. In an published in detail in April, a year after the Guardian obtained ban hate speech because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence. But the companys definition of hate speech requires violent or dehumanising speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or…

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Huge Egyptian sarcophagus found to contain three mummies

Archaeologists open granite tomb but are dismayed at state of decay after sewage leak Egyptian archeologists have opened a 30-tonne black granite sarcophagus to find three decomposed mummies after sewage water apparently leaked inside. The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse, identified as sewage water, believed to have entered the sarcophagus through a crack on its right side, causing the decomposition of the mummies. The Tomb after the lid was removed. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters The tomb was found buried five metres…

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